Game-Changers: How Crisis Affects Children’s Play

“Culture arises and unfolds in and as play.” ~ Johan Huizinga, Dutch historian.

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As a novel virus circulates the globe, halting commerce and plunging humankind into a waking slumber of feverish panic buying and virtue signalling, a peculiar juxtaposition between children’s play and catastrophe emerges. Human occupations — that is, work, leisure, social participation, spiritual…